Manuscript Division Publications
[Text from Library of Congress Acquisitions: Manuscripts, 1994-95.
Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1997]
The Master Record of Manuscript Collections serves as the basic guide to the
division's collections. It consists of Master Record I, a brief checklist of
all collections in the division's custody, and Master Record II, a more comprehensive
catalog containing summary descriptions of collections and an index to the
names and key terms cited in these descriptions. Neither Master Record I nor
II has been published, but copies are available in reading rooms throughout
the Library. In addition, Master Record II may be accessed through the Library's
online catalog which is available on-site and through the Internet. Published
lists and descriptions of the division's holdings include the following:
U.S. Library of Congress. Handbook of Manuscripts. Washington, 1918.
750 pp. This volume is a comprehensive, thoroughly indexed guide to those collections
in the division's custody at the time of its publication. Although now much
out of date, the 1918 Handbook, as it is known, provides useful descriptions
of many of the collections received in the division's early decades.
________. List of Manuscript Collections in the Library of Congress to
July 1931. Compiled by Curtis W. Garrison. Washington, 1932. (Reprinted
by the Library from the American Historical Association, Annual Report, 1930,
vol. 1, pp. 123-249.) Updates the 1918 Handbook.
________. List of Manuscript Collections Received in the Library of Congress
July 1931 to July 1938. Compiled by C. Percy Powell. Washington, 1939.
(Reprinted by the Library from the American Historical Association, Annual
Report, 1937, vol. 1, pp. 115-45.) Updates the 1918 Handbook and
the Garrison list.
________. Annual Report of the Librarian of Congress. Washington,
1897 to date. See especially those reports of manuscript acquisitions for the
period from July 1938 to July 1943 to fill the gap between the Powell list
and the Quarterly Journal.
________. Quarterly Journal of the Library of Congress. Washington,
1943-83. (Before 1964 titled Quarterly Journal of Current Acquisitions.)
Contains lists of manuscript acquisitions and articles about specific collections.
________. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress Acquisitions: Manuscript
Division. Washington, 1981 to date. Describes acquisitions annually
beginning with the calendar year 1979.
________. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress Manuscripts: An Illustrated
Guide. Washington, 1993. 64 pp. An introductory chapter discusses the
historical and cultural significance of manuscripts, provides a brief history
of the Manuscript Division, and describes the division's acquisitions, processing,
and reference functions. Subsequent chapters, devoted to specific themes,
describe and illustrate some of the division's many treasures. Top
Since about 1950, registers have been prepared to describe and facilitate
the use of the larger collections in the Manuscript Division. More than sixteen
hundred registers have been prepared and are available for research use in
the reading room. Although registers occasionally vary in format according
to the nature of the collection, most include information on the provenance
of the collection, a scope and content note, brief biographical details about
the person or family covered, a description of the various series or groups
of manuscripts in the collection, and a container list. The container list
normally describes the contents by folder title. A few registers contain partial
or complete name indexes to the correspondence contained in the collection.
Since 1958, a limited number of registers have been selected for publication
each year. They are printed in small editions, and single copies are distributed
free of charge to libraries on request. Distribution to individuals is necessarily
limited. The registers are designed to acquaint a scholar with the nature of
a collection before a research trip or to facilitate a photoduplication order.
Listed below are the collections for which registers have been published. The
abbreviation NHF indicates that the papers are part of the Naval Historical
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| Carl William Ackerman
Alaskan Russian Church Archives (published by Alaskan Division of Libraries
Nelson W. Aldrich
Frederick Lewis Allen (out of print)
Henry T. Allen
American Colonization Society
George Eugene Belknap (NHF)
Reginald Rowan Belknap (NHF)
Hugo LaFayette Black
Claude Charles Bloch (NHF)
Charles Joseph Bonaparte
Bishop Charles Henry Brent
James Buchanan and Harriet (Lane) Johnston
John Lansing Callan (NHF)
Silas Casey (NHF)
Carrie Chapman Catt
James McKeen Cattell
Washington Irving Chambers (NHF)
Colby Mitchell Chester (NHF)
Edmund Ross Colhoun (NHF)
William S. Culbertson
Leonard F. Cushing (NHF)
James J. Davis
Edward Lee Dorsett (NHF)
Leonard James Dow (NHF)
Bladen Dulany (NHF)
William Hemsley Emory (NHF)
David Glasgow Farragut (NHF)
Federal Theatre Project
Walter L. Fisher
Minnie Maddern Fiske (out of print)
Felix Frankfurter (rev. ed.)
Douglas Southall Freeman
William Freeland Fullam (NHF)
Julius Augustus Furer (NHF)
Albert Gleaves (NHF)
John Gwinn (NHF)
William Frederick Halsey, Jr. (NHF)
John Marshall Harlan
Florence Jaffray Harriman
W. Averell Harriman
Stanford Caldwell Hooper (NHF)
Gustavus R. B. Horner (NHF)
Hilary Pollard Jones (NHF)
Ernest Joseph King (NHF)
Herbert Bain Knowles (NHF)
Dudley Wright Knox (NHF)
La Follette Family
Emory Scott Land
| Samuel P. Lee (NHF)
Charles Andrews Lockwood (NHF)
Grover C. Loening
John Lowe (NHF)
Stephen B. Luce (NHF)
William Gibbs McAdoo
Samuel McGowan (NHF)
John Forsyth Meigs (NHF)
George Fort Milton
Henry Croskey Mustin (NHF)
National American Woman Suffrage Association
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, vol. 1
National Urban League, vol. 1
National Urban League, Southern Regional Office
Frederick Law Olmsted (rev. ed.)
Charles O'Neil (NHF)
J. Robert Oppenheimer
Theodore Sherman Palmer
Daniel Todd Patterson (NHF)
Ninian Pinkney (NHF)
Porter Family (NHF)
Mary Edith Powel (NHF)
Whitelaw Reid (out of print; collection reprocessed and register superseded)
Holden Chester Richardson (NHF)
Charles Goodwin Ridgely (NHF)
Rodgers Family (NHF)
Francis Asbury Roe (NHF)
Nathan Sargent (NHF)
Francis Bowes Sayre
Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
Cornelius Marius Schoonmaker (NHF)
Thomas Oliver Selfridge, Jr. (NHF)
Thomas Oliver Selfridge, Sr. (NHF)
David Foote Sellers (NHF)
John Franklin Shafroth (NHF)
John Shaw (NHF)
Philip H. Sheridan (out of print)
William T. Sherman (rev. ed.)
Robert Wilson Shufeldt (NHF)
Montgomery Sicard (NHF)
William Sowden Sims (NHF) (out of print)
Elliot Snow (NHF)
William Harrison Standley (NHF)
Harlan Fiske Stone
Charles Pelot Summerall
Montgomery Meigs Taylor (NHF)
Morrison R. Waite
John Grimes Walker (NHF)
Booker T. Washington (out of print; collection reprocessed and register
John Crittenden Watson (NHF)
Roger Welles (NHF)
Wallace H. White
William Allen White
Robert W. Woolley
Wilbur and Orville Wright
In addition to registers, name indexes to the correspondence and writings
in the division's twenty-three presidential collections have been published.
Within each index, every item is listed by name of writer or recipient, together
with the date, series number, page count, and other information as appropriate.
Listings are in alphabetical order, with more than one listing for a particular
name in chronological order. Each presidential index includes a provenance
essay, a series description, a microfilm reel list, and when needed, a list
of subject and legal case files. With the exception of the Garfield and Wilson
guides, all of the presidential indexes are out of print. Copies of them, however,
are available in many federal depository libraries throughout the nation and
in the more than one hundred research libraries in this country and abroad
which have purchased copies of the presidential microfilm. The Manuscript Division
also makes available through the interlibrary loan system a microfilm edition
that includes all of the presidential indexes. Listed below are the presidential
collections for which indexes were published. An index was not published for
the Martin Van Buren Papers, because the Library's comprehensive 1910 calendar
of those papers was considered an effective finding aid to the microfilm edition.
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| Chester A. Arthur
James A. Garfield
Ulysses S. Grant
William Henry Harrison
| James Madison
James K. Polk
William H. Taft
Martin Van Buren
The first type of finding aid published by the Manuscript Division in the early
part of this century was the calendar, which listed chronologically, and briefly
described, the individual manuscript items within a collection. Most of the calendars
listed below are no longer in print, but copies of them may be found in the Manuscript
Division Reading Room and in academic and research libraries throughout the United
Clemence, Stella R., comp. The Harkness Collection in the Library of Congress. Washington,
1932-36. 2 vols.
Feamster, Claudius N., comp. Calendar of the Papers of John Jordan Crittenden. Washington,
1913. 335 pp.
Fitzpatrick, John C., comp. Calendar of the Correspondence of George Washington,
Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, with the Continental Congress. Washington,
1906. 741 pp.
________. Calendar of the Correspondence of George Washington, Commander
in Chief of the Continental Army, with the Officers. Washington, 1915.
________. List of the Washington Manuscripts from the Year 1592 to 1775,
Prepared from the Original Manuscripts in the Library of Congress. Washington,
1919. 137 pp.
Ford, Worthington C., comp. List of the Benjamin Franklin Papers in the
Library of Congress. Washington, 1905. 322 pp.
________. List of the Vernon-Wager Manuscripts in the Library of Congress. Washington,
1904. 148 pp.
________. Papers of James Monroe, Listed in Chronological Order from the
Original Manuscripts in the Library of Congress. Washington, 1904. 114
Friedenwald, Herbert, comp. A Calendar of Washington Manuscripts in the
Library of Congress. Washington, 1901. 315 pp.
Leech, W. R., comp. Calendar of the Papers of Franklin Pierce. Washington,
1917. 102 pp.
Lincoln, Charles H., comp. A Calendar of John Paul Jones Manuscripts in
the Library of Congress. Washington, 1903. 316 pp.
________. Naval Records of the American Revolution, 1775-1788, Prepared
from the Originals in the Library of Congress. Washington, 1906. 549
West, Elizabeth H., comp. Calendar of the Papers of Martin Van Buren. Washington,
1910. 757 pp. Top of Page
Although the registers, presidential indexes, and acquisition reports have
constituted the bulk of the division's publication efforts, the division has
periodically published or sponsored the publication of other guides and indexes,
many of which are listed below. Most of these publications are available from
either the Library or the Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402.
Reference copies may also be found in the Manuscript Division Reading Room.
Bickel, Richard B., comp. Manuscripts on Microfilm: A Checklist of the
Holdings in the Manuscript Division. Washington, 1975. 82 pp.
Dorosh, John, and Elizabeth Dorosh, comps. Index to Baptisms, Marriages,
and Deaths in the Archives of the Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church
in Alaska, 1900-1936. Washington, 1964. (A microfilm edition of this
index is available for interlibrary loan from the Manuscript Division.)
Gawalt, Gerard W., ed. Justifying Jefferson: The Political Writings of
John James Beckley. Washington, 1995. 281 pp.
Griffin, Grace Gardner. A Guide to Manuscripts Relating to American History
in British Depositories Reproduced for the Division of Manuscripts of the
Library of Congress. Washington, 1946. 313 pp.
Ham, Debra Newman, ed. The African-American Mosaic: A Library of Congress
Resource Guide for the Study of Black History and Culture. Washington,
1993. 300 pp.
The Harkness Collection in the Library of Congress: Manuscripts Concerning
Mexico, A Guide. Washington, 1974. 315 pp.
Haynes, John E. "Labor History Sources in the Manuscript Division of the Library
of Congress." Labor History 31 (Spring/Summer 1990); and in Labor
History Archives in the United States: A Guide for Researching and Teaching. Edited
by Daniel J. Leab and Philip P. Mason. Detroit, 1992. 286 pp.
Hensen, Steven L., comp. Archives, Personal Papers, and Manuscripts: A
Cataloging Manual for Archival Repositories, Historical Societies, and Manuscript
Libraries. Washington, 1983. 51 pp.
Index to Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths in the Archives of the Russian
Orthodox Greek Catholic Church in Alaska, 1816-1866. Washington, 1970.
3 vols. (A microfilm edition of this index is available for interlibrary
loan from the Manuscript Division.)
Index to Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths in the Archives of the Russian
Orthodox Greek Catholic Church in Alaska, 1867-1889. Washington, 1973.
2 vols. (A microfilm edition of this index is available for interlibrary
loan from the Manuscript Division.)
Kalnins, Zuzanna Dagmara, comp. Index to Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths
in the Archives of the Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church in Alaska,
1890-1899. Washington, 1965. 258 pp. (A microfilm edition of this index
is available for interlibrary loan from the Manuscript Division.)
Lund, Christopher C., and Mary Ellis Kahler, comps. The Portuguese Manuscripts
Collection of the Library of Congress: A Guide. Washington, 1980. 187
McDonough, John J., comp. Members of Congress: A Checklist of Their Papers
in the Manuscript Division, Library of Congress. Washington, 1980. 217
Nasatir, Abraham P., and Gary Elwyn Monell, comps. French Consuls in the
United States: A Calendar of Their Correspondence in the Archives Nationales. Washington,
1967. 605 pp.
Naval Historical Foundation Manuscript Collection: A Catalog. Washington,
1974. 136 pp.
Sellers, John R., comp. Civil War Manuscripts: A Guide to Collections
in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress. Washington, 1986.
Sellers, John R., Gerard W. Gawalt, Paul H. Smith, and Patricia Molen van
Ee, comps. Manuscript Sources in the Library of Congress for Research on
the American Revolution. Washington, 1975. 372 pp.
Smith, Paul H., ed., and Gerard W. Gawalt and Ronald M. Gephart, assoc. eds. Letters
of Delegates to Congress, 1774-1789. Washington, 1976 to date. 24 vols.
Warren, J. Benedict, comp. Hans P. Kraus Collection of Hispanic American
Manuscripts. Washington, 1974. 187 pp. Top of Page
The following are informational brochures which are available free of charge
from the Manuscript Division
U.S. Library of Congress. Manuscript Division. The Foreign Copying Program. Washington,
1980. 4 pp. (revision of 1964 brochure)
________. Literary Papers and Manuscripts: Their Place in the National
Collections. Washington, 1985. 2 pp.
________. Manuscript Division, Library of Congress. Brochure for readers.
Washington, 1978 (rev. 1994). [5 pp.]
________. The Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress. Washington,
1990. [8 pp.]
________. Material Missing from the Felix Frankfurter Papers. Washington,
1974. [6 pp.]
________. The Presidential Papers Program of the Library of Congress. Washington,
1985. 3 pp.
________. Private Papers: A Plea for Their Preservation and an Explanation
of Their Importance to the National Collections. Washington, 1980 (rev.
1985). 3 pp.
________. Q & A: Questions and Answers about Personal Papers. Washington,
1977 (rev. 1994). [6 pp.]
________. Reference Aids to Manuscript Collections in the Library of Congress. Washington,
1984. 12 pp. Top of Page
Hamer, Philip M., ed. A Guide to Archives and Manuscripts in the United
States. New Haven, 1961. 775 pp.
Hinding, Andrea, ed. Women's History Sources: A Guide to Archives and
Manuscript Collections in the United States. New York, 1979. 2 vols.
Kohn, Gary J., comp. The Jewish Experience: A Guide to Manuscript Sources
in the Library of Congress. Cincinnati, 1986. 166 pp.
National Inventory of Documentary Sources in the United States: Manuscript
Division, Library of Congress. Teaneck, N.J., 1983. This is a Chadwyck-Healy
microfiche publication which reproduced 762 of the Manuscript Division's
published and unpublished registers. A printed name index, compiled by Victoria
Agee, accompanies the microfiche.
Nunn, G. Raymond, ed. Asia and Oceania: A Guide to Archival and Manuscript
Sources in the United States. New York, 1985. 5 vols.
Robbins, J. Albert, ed. American Literary Manuscripts: A Checklist of
Holdings in Academic, Historical, and Public Libraries, Museums, and Authors'
Homes in the United States. 2d ed. Athens, Ga., 1977. 387 pp.
South, Aloha, ed. Guide to Non-Federal Archives and Manuscripts in the
United States Relating to Africa. New York, 1989. 2 vols.
U.S. Library of Congress. National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections. Washington,
1959-93. 37 vols.
Wigdor, Alexandra K. The Personal Papers of Supreme Court Justices: A
Descriptive Guide. New York, 1986. 226 pp.
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Scholars' Guide to Washington,
D.C. Washington, 1977 to date. Volumes published thus far relate to
Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, and Russia or the former